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Comment: Re:Perhaps this is a good thing? (Score 1) 113

by Kernel Kurtz (#49771599) Attached to: Privacy Behaviors Changed Little After Snowden

Absolutely right. I use strong crypto routinely because I can, not because I really have anything to hide.

I would be happy if they waste time and CPU cycles on me. That in itself will help others. And if everybody did what I do, I don't think they could afford the cost of keeping up, though I'm sure that would not stop them from trying.

Comment: Re:average joe shmoe doesn't matter (Score 1) 113

by Kernel Kurtz (#49771351) Attached to: Privacy Behaviors Changed Little After Snowden

Further to this.....and not to minimize mass surveillance which I find repugnant.....for most people the countermeasures required to protect themselves from spying is just too inconvenient to make it worthwhile. Most people really don't have anything that important to hide. It will be a plus if developers make it easier for everyone to protect themselves going forward.

But what matters now is that the small percentage of people who really do need to keep secrets from government are now taking measures to do so. If that is the effect of Snowden's revelations then it has been worthwhile, but the metrics in the article will never show that. It's not like those people are going to tell you they have changed their behavior.

Government thinks that you should be able to keep secrets from anybody but them, but history shows it is the government people most need to be able to keep secrets from. It's good that people fully know what they are up against.

And for those who say "but what about the scary terrorists!?" - I say I would rather live in a free country with a risk of terrorism than an ostensibly "safe" police state.

I'm not American, but Benny had it right; "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - Ben Franklin.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 0) 372

by Kernel Kurtz (#49635283) Attached to: Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach New Monthly Record

Change has always happened and money has always been spent dealing with it. It's not like we are starting from zero and OMG change is suddenly happening. You'd think the world was static before the 70s.......

Yes, it is warming. It's been warming for most of the historic record (short as that is http://woodfortrees.org/plot/h... ) . It is an interglacial so I'd bet on a long term warming trend too.

+ 0.02 ± 0.10 "records" just make it look desperate though. Sorry if I would never bet any actual money on any of their models.

Comment: Re:It's about the PR, not the Hacking (Score 2) 270

by Kernel Kurtz (#49494919) Attached to: FBI Accuses Researcher of Hacking Plane, Seizes Equipment

He's never really tested any of his theories on real equipment

That you know of. Looks like they don't want him testing anything in the real world or not..

Never worked for Boeing, Airbus or any avionics manufacturer.

They appear to not want anyone looking for vulnerabilities in their systems either.

Has never demonstrated any successful attack

I'm guessing the first person who does will not do so in a friendly way. And everyone will pretend to be surprised.

Comment: In other news.... (Score 3, Informative) 143

An Australian-led analysis of satellite data has found the amount of carbon sequestered in plants has risen by almost four billion tonnes since 2003, reflecting a surge in the biomass of global flora — possibly the first such increase since the Industrial Revolution..........


Comment: Re:Should be damaging (Score 1) 437

by Kernel Kurtz (#49123215) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Of course the oil is going to get to market. People are deluded if they think this is going to stop the oil sands.

CALGARY Shipments of oil by rail from Western Canada are expected to more than triple in the next two years, as the sector heads into a severe shortage of pipeline capacity by next year, according to a new forecast by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.


At the right price point (admittedly not right now) even trucks may become economical. I'm betting they would find a way to ship it by carrier pigeon before they would leave it in the ground. Makes no difference to me so long as there is no shortage.

Comment: Patch breaks Cisco Anyconnect VPN client too (Score 2) 136

Cisco opened a priority 1 case with Microsoft yesterday as soon as we found out about this issue. We are continuing to escalate this issue with Microsoft for a resolution timeframe. We recommend that all customers open their own cases with Microsoft since the ultimate fix will need to come from them. You can feel free to reference Cisco's case # which is 115021112390273 in order to expedite having your ticket properly triaged by their support team.


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